The level of environmental protection in Nevada

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The Level of Environmental Protection in Nevada

Population growth and urbanization pose problems to the environment. Las Vegas and Reno-Sparks-Tahoe are at the forefront of powerful growth enticing people and business in the past years. The unregulated growth contributed to the environmental woes of Nevada. Nevadans will take a hard look at the ecological stresses and make hard decisions about environmental policies.[1]

Plastic Pollution

Plastic is a sturdy material made from petrochemicals (oil) manufactured to last. 33 percent is for single-use and discarded which breaks down into smaller pieces. Americans ditch 30 million tons of plastic a year; 8 percent gets recycled, a small portion gets incinerated, and the rest winds up as litters in dumpsites.[2]

Adverse effects of plastic

Plastics destroy the quality of groundwater. Beneath each landfill is toxic chemicals trickling into groundwater and flowing downstream into lakes and rivers. It is a menace to wildlife. Plastics that end up in areas where animals live trigger a mess, ingestion, and habitat disruption. In the seas, plastic debris outweighs zooplankton, organisms that are vital to the food chain. The substance displaces algae that sea creatures eat absorbing the toxins. Chemicals extracted from plastic runs in our blood and tissues affecting our health and well-being by exposing us to maladies like cancer, birth defects, impaired immunity, and other ailments. The continuous financial damage is immeasurable everything suffers tourism, business, the health of humans and other living creatures, environment, and the earth as a whole.[3]

Initiatives of the Nevada State Government to fight the plastic menace

Collection bins are spread all over Nevada where residents can drop off their waste. These litters are transferred to recycling centers and transformed into usable items. Residents are offered free household hazardous waste collection services for cars, appliances, paint, fluorescent light, medications… and more. The public is continuously informed and given guidelines on the proper disposal of waste.[4]

Pest control

The temperature rises brutally in summer signaling the pest season is on. Most insects hibernate, less active in the winter and thrive with the searing heat. Warm and dry conditions reduced the ability of trees to ward attacks from pests infesting acres of forests in Nevada. Las Vegas is known as the fun city but the presence of these menace spoils the fun. Know which pests made Las Vegas their habitat.[5]


These creepy crawlers love damp, dark places near to food sources flexible enough to live inside or outside of your home. They proliferate quickly and can be harmful to your health; they carry bacteria, pathogens, and everything in between.


Conditions of hot summers, dry winters, and desert lands make Las Vegas the ideal place for.many types of scorpions.These deadly creatures sting inflicting pain when threatened.


Home to three notorious species of spiders the desert recluse, the black widow, and the camel spider harms their prey with their bite. The victim will suffer from fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and more sickness. You can apply preventive measures to stop these pesky pests from coming in your home but this is only a temporary fix, hire the service providers of pest control in Las Vegas to eliminate these pests permanently.

Solar Energy

Solar power in Nevada is developing because of a Renewable Portfolio Standard which requires 20% renewable energy source by 2015, and 5% from solar power. Much of the state has sun-bathed deserts which provides the best solar potential in the country. In 2017, Nevada ranked fourth in the electricity generation from solar power. Solar panel installation in Las Vegas generated enough renewable energy providing electricity to the public buildings up to the street lamps. It is one of the cities in the world to derive its power from a green source. Las Vegas utilizes every free space to amass energy from the sun to produce renewable energy. Solar panels are installed around the city hall plaza, atop wastewater treatment plans and on rooftops of city-owned buildings. Solar shade canopies are used at city parks to generate more renewable energy.[6]

Tree Preservation

The value of trees has no boundaries we seldom find time to ponder how trees soften the harsh aspects of our environment. Trees are great energy cost savers they provide shade in the summer which means less cost for air-conditioning and when they lose their leaves in winter, they allow sunlight to come in. They add value to a property. Trees improve the quality of the air absorbing carbon and emitting oxygen, they act as filters absorbing pollutants in the air. Habitat for birds and other wildlife. Trees add beauty and peace to the community contributing to the quality of life. Nevada state government recognizes these benefits various state laws were enacted to protect and help propagate this valuable gift of nature.[7]

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